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  1. Have you sailed on Spectrum. We spent over 40 days on the ship on the repos to Shanghai. Most passengers were from other places than China and almost everyone I met agreed that Spectrum was a fantastic ship. Plenty of places to get a drink and the VIP casino area in Music Hall can be converted back to a lounge if required. If not it will be just left closed off as it was for some of the repo.
  2. None at present but Royal may decide to keep Spectrum here and possibly even Voyager if things don't improve in Asia. They will have to throw a few specials around I think to quickly sell the cruises. Probable Spectrum will still command high ish prices as its virtually a brand new ship.
  3. Great price for a balcony. We booked quite a while ago and paid a bit more for an inside. Prices continued to rise for a while until this recent drop. We'll done.
  4. It isn't always easy but they are there to be found. I have both Qantas & Velocity pts. In the last two years we have flown all in J (Mrs woodyren and I ) to connect with repo cruises or distant cruises. Beijing to Barcelona on Singapore Airlines with Velocity pts, Beijing to Sydney Singapore Airlines twice with Velocity points. Copenhagen to Beijing on Finnair with Qantas pts. Singapore to Barcelona on Singapore Airlines with Velocity pts. We also have a pts booking this coming Sept Brisbane to San Francisco on Fiji Air with Qantas pts then LA to Vancouver on Delta. We will then join Ovation back to Australia. The trick I believe is to get out of Sydney or Melbourne and fly on partner airlines. Will be looking to fly Sydney to Taipei on China Airlines and then connect to Vancouver on Cathay from there using Qantas points for a future cruise from Vancouver to Tokyo on Radiance in sept next year. Also lots of availability on Virgin Atlantic New York to Hong Kong which we will use to get back most of the way from our Allure Trans Atlantic in Nov next year. Superb lounges in NYC and London to enjoy. Velocity pts. Cant book as too far out at present but quite a bit of availability currently. You dont always find then searching initially on either website but at times you try each leg individually and then call to book. Most pts via credit card churning.
  5. A friend booked Radiance 15 nights solo inside for around $1500 through one of the Aussie ta's.
  6. Been busy cruising with limited internet lol. Booked Radiance OTS 15 nights Sept 4 2020 from Vancouver to Tokyo. Inside gty were $951 AUD. We booked OV gty for $1170 pp. This sort of links up with Voyager 17 nights Hong Kong to Sydney which leaves on Oct 5th. Balconies were around $2200 or so. Booking both would allow for two long cruises and a few weeks land travel in Japan China area in between with only a flight to Vancouver and short connecting flights and even train travel within China whike in Asia.
  7. Visa conditions have changed a lot in the last few years. We have cruised into and out of China 3 times in the last 12 months and are in China now. We leave on Ovation tomorrow. While I have a multi entry as I regularly visit I have met many who have used the 144 visa free exemption and providing you meet the conditions Stay less than 144 hours. Arrive from another country and leave for a different country than the one you arrived from. Remain within the restricted localities which vary according to your point of entry. The OP clearly does not qualify because in Tianjin they arrive from Sth Korea and depart to Sth Korea. I can also assure you that many, many people on our recent April Ovation cruise were given conflicting advice by the cruise line AND their local Chinese visa centres which caused many of them to unnecessarily pay considerable money for visas they did not need. The 144 hour exemption is fantastic and over 700 people used it without issue on Ovation. In this case I'm afraid it does not apply.
  8. If the itinerary posted is correct they are not within the 3 country rule.
  9. You will not be able to use the 144 hour visa free entre for Tianjin. One of the conditions are that you must arrive from and leave to a different country. You arrive from Seoul (Sth Korea) and leave for Jeju (sth Korea) so you do not qualify for the exemption.
  10. This thread is absolutely enlightening. I am going to place a pineapple sticker and a vanilla sticker on my door and watch the confused looks of people on both sides of the debate as they pass by.
  11. Just asking for my friend again. When Pineapple is out of season in the supermarket can one just put a can of pineapple upside down.
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